Ridgway Christian will play for state title

Despite winning just one game during the regular season, Ridgway Christian will play in its third straight Arkansas Association of Christian Schools state championship game on Friday.

The Eagles (3-4) will look for their second consecutive state title as they oppose Southwest Christian Academy, which was their opponent in 2012 and 2013, too, at 7 p.m. at Fair High School in Little Rock.

After early-season success, Ridgway has backed its way into the state championship game with four straight losses — two of which came against Southwest.

After a 36-28 loss to the Arkansas School for the Deaf on Oct. 9, the Eagles have been forced to play the waiting game to see if they would get a chance to defend their crown.

Thanks to Southwest’s 48-20 win over Arkansas Christian on Friday, Ridgway earned a spot in the championship game based on a points’ system. If Arkansas Christian had won, it would have played SCA for the state title.

UAM sweeps tri-match, clinches GAC tourney berth

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello volleyball team recorded a pair of 3-0 sweeps in its own tri-match on Tuesday in victories over Henderson State and Mississippi College. The win over HSU gave UAM its fifth conference victory of the season and punched the team’s ticket into the GAC Championship Tournament in Hot Springs next month.

Final game scores in the win over HSU were 25-22, 25-21 and 25-18. Final scores of the win over the Choctaws were 25-22, 25-15 and 25-15. Henderson State edged Mississippi College 3-1 in the middle contest of the tri-match.

UAM (11-11, 5-6 GAC) hit .221 against HSU (3-22, 0-11 GAC) with 46 kills and 17 errors on 131 swings. Senior Tasha Evans led the Blossoms with 13 kills and a .545 percentage. Senior Jessica Cuba added a double-double of 11 kills and 12 digs. Junior Lani Kaiwi led the Blossoms’ back row with 19 digs. Jessica Moss led the Lady Reddies with 11 kills.

In the nightcap, the Cotton Blossoms allowed Mississippi College (5-18) to keep it close in the first set before pulling away in the final two frames to keep the team’s perfect set record intact for the day.

The Blossoms do it all over again on Friday with another tri-match at home inside Steelman Fieldhouse. UAM faces Texas College at 3 p.m. and Mississippi Valley at 7 p.m. TC and MVSU play each other at 5 p.m.


Bulls G Butler has sprained thumb

CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler has a sprained thumb and will miss Friday’s preseason finale against Minnesota, the team said Tuesday.

Butler suffered the left thumb injury on Sunday against Charlotte and sat out Monday’s game against Cleveland.

The 2011 first-round pick will be re-evaluated after Friday’s game.

The Bulls open the regular season on Oct. 29 in New York.